The first tranch of 2015 London Jazz Festival concerts went on sale this morning, and a damned fine set of gigs they are:
Friday 13 November
Jazz Voice – Barbican – the traditional gala opening with singers still to be announced.
James Farm – Cadogan Hall – the supergroup of Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland. Their second album was a cracker. Review here.
Nik Bärtsch – Kings Place – a previous festival favourite and has a musical residency this year.
Sons Of Kemet – Rich Mix – possibly the most exciting of the new generation bands.
Saturday 14 November
Jarrod Lawson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – the soul-jazz sensation.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Royal Festival Hall – jazz banjos can be cool.
Sunday 15 November
Cassandra Wilson – Royal Festival Hall – the singer’s tribute to Billie Holiday in the centenary year of her birth.
Monday 16 November
Kurt Elling – Cadogan Hall – jazz’s premier male vocalist.
Tuesday 17 November
Maria Schneider Orchestra – Cadogan Hall – she was supposed to be in Birmingham last month. You can definitely catch her here.
Wednesday 18 November
Britten Sinfonia with Eddie Gomez – Barbican – the long-time Bill Evans Trio bassist is the soloist in a new work.
Saturday 21 November
Average White Band & Kokomo – Royal Festival Hall – funk-rock from the ’70s reborn for the ’10s.
Sunday 22 November
Jazz Repertory Company presents Paul Whitman: The King of Jazz – Cadogan Hall – ’20s jazz-pop reborn for the ’10s.
- You can find more details of all these events and book for them here now.